What is CEM?

Bachelor of Science In Construction Engineering and Management (BS CEM)

The Myers-Lawson School of Construction offers students in the College of Engineering a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering and Management. This degree is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in the construction industry.

The undergraduate program facilitates the development of critical technical, managerial and professional knowledge and skills required for entry into the construction industry or graduate studies. This body of knowledge includes the decision and optimization methods required to integrate and manage the resources essential to construction operations along with the skills that support the development of ethical, socially responsible, and sustainable solutions for the built environment.

The focus of this degree is construction engineering with a management emphasis. The degree retains an emphasis on engineering, with a focus on construction theory and applications, while providing students the opportunity to define the areas of business they wish to study to complement their career goals.

The undergraduate mission of the Construction Engineering program at Virginia Tech is to produce high quality, rigorously educated construction engineers, whose background and education reflect the current level of technology and thought within the profession and who can enter directly into engineering practice or, alternatively, into graduate school for further study.

Program Educational Objectives

The Program Educational Objectives of the Construction Engineering and Management program are that, within a few years of program completion, graduates should be effectively serving society as construction engineering and management professionals by:

  1. Identifying, designing, analyzing, integrating, and managing the technical, material, financial, legal, and personnel administration aspects that support construction operations, projects and organizations throughout the project lifecycle, i.e., from programming to decommissioning.
  2. Incorporate safety, efficiency, cost effectiveness, environmental sensitivity and social awareness into the development, planning and implementation of construction operations and processes.
  3. Apply skills of effective communication, entrepreneurship, teamwork, values-based leadership, professional and ethical behaviors that are the necessary complement to technical competence.
  4. Continue their professional development and learning which may include professional licensure or certification, graduate level education, continuing education courses, self-directed study and active involvement in the construction community.

Student Outcomes

The Student Outcomes are that, upon completion of the Construction Engineering and Management Program, students should be able to:

1. identify, formulate, and sovle complex engineering problems by applying principles of engineering, science, and mathematics.

2. apply engineering design to produce solutions that meet specified needs with consideration of public health, safety, and welfare, as well as global, cultural, social, environmental, and economic factors.

3. communicate effectively with a range of audiences.

4. recognize ethical and professional responsibilities in engineering situations and make informed judgments, which must consider the impact of engineering solutions in global, economic, environmental, and societal contexts.

5. function effectively on a team whose members together provide leadership, create a collaborative and inclusive environment, establish goals, plan tasks, and meet objectives.

6. develop and conduct appropriate experimentation, analyze and interpret data, and use engineering judgment to draw conclusions.

7. acquire and apply new knowledge, as needed, using appropriate learning strategies.                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

ABET Accreditation

The B.S. program in Construction Engineering and Management is accredited by the Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET, www.abet.org.


    The Construction Engineering and Management (CEM) program admitted the first class of students in the Fall of 2007 and graduated the first class in the Spring of 2009. The degree received full ABET accreditation in the Fall of 2009. Enrollment in the CEM program continues to grow. The program attracts students who are interested in managing all aspects of the construction process and our graduates are employed by construction companies throughout the United States.

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